Softball: Arioto hits 2 HRs in 9-0 rout of Stanford

Senior Valerie Arioto hit two of Cal’s five home runs and the No. 2-ranked Bears beat No. 9 Stanford 9-0 in the Pac-12 opener at Stanford.

Arioto’s two 2-run blasts give her 13 homers for the season.

Jolene Henderson pitched a three-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks for the Bears (26-1, 1-0). Breana Kostreb, Danielle Henderson and Ashley Decker also homered for Cal.

Weather-permitting, the teams will play again Saturday at 1 p.m. at Stanford.

Elsewhere . . .

   — Men’s swimming: Junior Thomas Shields won the 100 butterfly (44.76 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (44.86) and swam on the runnerup 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays as Cal maintained its lead at the NCAA championships.

The Bears have 379.5 points through two days, leading runnerup Texas (343.5) and fourth-place Stanford (277). The meet concludes Saturday.

Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen of De La Salle HS won the 3-meter diving title with a score of 469.20 points.




Jeff Faraudo

  • Gobears49

    Maybe someone, who is more knowledgeable than me, can comment on whether Arioto is the greatest Cal softball player of all time. I never go to a softball game, but may have to see one just to watch this woman play.

  • gobears49

    With an NCAA win in men’s swimming, Cal has moved up from 26 to probably within the top 15 in the Directors’ Cup standings. With a good showing in women’s softball and perhaps baseball, Cal has a shot at finishing within the top 5 again.